@Millington beat me to it. I have long, like for about the last 30 years, found it quite frustration to discuss the same things over and over again…Most specifically on the same forum. Either the subject goes unresolved because someone wouldn’t engage or the thread was subverted in a totally new and unrelated direction (I am just as guilty as some on this account).
Think where I find the frustration is that, being a particularly US centric political forum, we do not get to the core of two things… 1) Do you even believe in the United States as a sovereign nation governed by the rule of law and 2) Just exactly are the bounds for the provisions of the US constitution. Without a coherent ‘meeting of the minds’ over these, even if we agree to disagree, we have no real understanding of each others language.
I don’t know how or if you can arrange a site to deal with that except perhaps for heavy moderation which you and I both believe is not good for a healthy meeting place. Debate sites are pretty good but requires only a couple of people to argue the question with everyone else refraining from comment and only voting for who put forth the best arguments.
I have tried on several occasions to post a thread purely for the exercise of bantering a specific idea that might cause people to examine their own beliefs…but as I said above, they are either ignored or subverted.
I created a thread the other day ‘Do You Support The ‘Living Constitution’?… Be careful how you answer’. It posed a rather uncomfortable proposition that would affect both Democrats and Republicans… No Responses… Either no real interest in the core of what drives our constitutional republic… or the discomfort of admitting that you don’t really like your own opinion…
Don’t quite know what the answer is but dealing with the same fundamental subjects over and over again gets to be a drag particularly if laying out your position takes a rather long period of time…
I voted to keep simular threads together but just like my ‘Fake News’ thread… who would ever go to the beginning of that thread and reread all of the points made… very unlikely that anyone would… at least not for the ‘From The Left’ thread… its just too damn long